Black Cinema House

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Attention movie-goers: Black Cinema House' June screenings will now be held at the Stony Island Arts Bank, on 6760 S. St...
06/13/2018
Stony Island Arts Bank

Attention movie-goers: Black Cinema House' June screenings will now be held at the Stony Island Arts Bank, on 6760 S. Stony Island Ave. Learn more about the space on our website!

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library and community center – and a home for Rebuild’s archives and collections. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell an…

Black Cinema House is honored to host Community TV Network for a special showcase, featuring the final video projects fr...
06/05/2018

Black Cinema House is honored to host Community TV Network for a special showcase, featuring the final video projects from the Spring Cohort of the Video Production program at South Shore International College Prep HS!

Join us this Thursday as we uplift works by these Chicago youth, along with a pre-screening discussion with the students themselves!

The screening is free of charge, no RSVP required!

04/11/2018

Due to the approaching summer and, thus, longer hours in the daytime, Black Cinema House will now host its weekly, Friday night screenings at 7:30pm!

01/30/2018

[ EXTENDED DEADLINE! - FEB 9TH ]

BLACK CINEMA HOUSE - OPEN CALL FOR SHORT / FEATURE FILMS (POOL)
Submit your work today!
Black Cinema House features weekly film screenings from local, national and international artists of the African Diaspora - every Friday at 7pm, currently held at the Dorchester Art and Housing Collaborative (1456 E. 70th).
Works can be of any length (short or feature), style and genre - music video, documentary, fiction, etc! Films with a focus on Black / African diasporic history will be particularly considered for February’s Black History Month programming; films made by women - identified artists will be especially considered for March, in recognition of Women’s History Month.
* All submitted work will have the opportunity to be considered for future screenings! Deadline for the themed February and March screenings are the following, respectively:
- February 5th (EXTENDED TO FEB 9TH)
- February 26th
Submitted works will remain private, circulated among Black Cinema House programmers only. Common file formats such as .mov and .mp4 are preferred.
For inquiries and submissions, email Maya or G’Jordan at either of the following emails:
- [email protected]
- [email protected]

01/23/2018

BLACK CINEMA HOUSE - OPEN CALL FOR SHORT / FEATURE FILMS (POOL)

Submit your work today!

Black Cinema House features weekly film screenings from local, national and international artists of the African Diaspora - every Friday at 7pm, currently held at the Dorchester Art and Housing Collaborative (1456 E. 70th).

Works can be of any length (short or feature), style and genre - music video, documentary, fiction, etc! Films with a focus on Black / African diasporic history will be particularly considered for February’s Black History Month programming; films made by women - identified artists will be especially considered for March, in recognition of Women’s History Month.

* All submitted work will have the opportunity to be considered for future screenings! Deadline for the themed February and March screenings are the following, respectively:
- February 5th
- February 26th

Submitted works will remain private, circulated among Black Cinema House programmers only. Common file formats such as .mov and .mp4 are preferred.

For inquiries and submissions, email Maya or G’Jordan at either of the following emails:
- [email protected]
- [email protected]

The schedule for the #ChiFilmFest BEST OF THE FEST is out!
10/24/2017
Chicago International Film Festival

The schedule for the #ChiFilmFest BEST OF THE FEST is out!

Here it is! Our BEST OF THE FEST has been scheduled. Check out special screenings of our award-winning films and audience-favorites on Wednesday (10/25) and Thursday (10/26)! Showtimes below.

10/11/2017
Chicago International Film Festival

Stop by the Stony Island Arts Bank to pick up a schedule! Tickets on sale at chicagofilmfestival.com

#ChiFilmFest
#BecauseLifeIsAMovie

From Brazil to Iran, Senegal to Chicago, the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival is welcoming back Festival favorites, distinguished masters, and rising talents. Come see for yourselves, October 12-26!

Tickets, passes & membership are on sale NOW! chicagofilmfestival.com.

Hey all!Don't forget Black Cinema House and Gary International Black Film Festival's presentation of  DREAMSTATES, direc...
10/11/2017
DREAMSTATES : An underground portrait of a sultry, sensual, and quixotic America

Hey all!

Don't forget Black Cinema House and Gary International Black Film Festival's presentation of DREAMSTATES, directed by Anisia Uzeyman and starring Saul Williams, Friday, October 13th at 7pm.

Join BCH and Saul Williams as we screen then discuss love and vulnerability against the backdrop an AFROPUNK-laced road trip.

DREAMSTATES:
"Equal parts love story, road movie, and Americana, DREAMSTATES tells the haunting tale of two wayward souls (Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman) discovering their love for one another in their dreams and reality while touring the United States with some of the most pivotal figures of the Afro-Punk movement – Sultry, sensual, and quixotic, an underground portrait of America: haunted and hollow."
You can see the trailer and discover more about the film here: http://www.dreamstatesfilm.com/#dreamstates
http://www.garyblackfilmfest.org

Equal parts love story, road movie, and Americana, DREAMSTATES tells the haunting tale of two wayward souls (Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman) discovering their love for one another in their dreams and reality while touring the United States with some of the most pivotal figures of the Afro-Punk mov...

Black Cinema House is proud to celebrate the diversity of international and independent film with the 53rd @Chicago Inte...
10/10/2017

Black Cinema House is proud to celebrate the diversity of international and independent film with the 53rd @Chicago International Film Festival.

Learn more about this year’s filmmakers of color, such as Dee Rees, Cory Bowles and Tracy Heather Strain, by visiting www.chicagofilmfestival.com!

Gary International Black Film Festival
10/07/2017
Gary International Black Film Festival

Gary International Black Film Festival

Celebrating the life of Kelechukwu Brnfre, the 2017 GIBFF kicks off with an evening with the enigmatic Saul Williams. Thursday, October 12, 2017 at ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen.

Learn more about Kelechukwu Brnfre here:

Greetings!We are excited to partner with the @chicagofilmfestival to celebrate the best of international and independent...
09/29/2017
Chicago International Film Festival

Greetings!

We are excited to partner with the @chicagofilmfestival to celebrate the best of international and independent film! Stop by the Stony Island Arts Bank at 6760 S. Stony to pick up a schedule for key festival dates and showtimes.

You can also learn more about this year’s films and programs at
https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/

Tickets are on sale now! #ChiFilmFest

As the longest running international competitive film festival in North America, we proudly celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2014. Now in our 51st year, we continue to celebrate our past, present and future.

09/13/2017

Black Cinema House Presents: Love Under Pressure

On September 15th, 2017 from 7:00pm -9:00pm, Black Cinema House will feature local filmmakers Chan C. Smith and Raphael Nash. Join us for a diverse program where we discuss screenings touching on police violence, white supremacy, and Black love.

Chan C. Smith is an accomplished independent filmmaker and freelance multimedia producer. They’re also a visual storyteller, interested in using cinema to address current social ails while also revolutionizing marketing for artists, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs.

“FEAR” (20 min)
Smith: Inspired by current events of police brutality and fatal police-involved shootings, Fear follows the story of a young Black teen with aspirations, whose anger leads him to an unexpected fate.
FEAR was an official selection of the Black Harvest Film Festival

Raphael Nash is a filmmaker as well as an educator. He is an adjunct professor teaching post production and cinema production for the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University.

“Saturday Morning Supremacy” (1 min)
A quick glance at how white hegemony can manifest in the most subtle of ways, particularly in advertising for children’s board games. In Nash’s words, “The curious thread between all 80’s board game commercials.”

“Faux Pas” (20 min)
Nash: A love affair between Cedric and his good friend Tiffany leads him to end his current relationship in pursuit of one with her. Unfortunately, she thinks they made a huge mistake

Smart gardens, interactive benches, hologram griots - Sankofa City Summer School participants have been re-imagining com...
08/25/2017

Smart gardens, interactive benches, hologram griots - Sankofa City Summer School participants have been re-imagining community spaces on the South Side using speculative new technologies. Check out their innovative proposals and join the conversation tomorrow! Connect Gallery, 1520 S. Harper Court, 1-3pm with Gray Center for Arts + Inquiry

Double-header! We've got your Friday night covered: John Akomfrah's HANDSWORTH SONGS with visiting curator Ian Sergeant ...
08/25/2017
Handsworth Songs with Ian Sergeant

Double-header! We've got your Friday night covered: John Akomfrah's HANDSWORTH SONGS with visiting curator Ian Sergeant (6pm, Stony Island Arts Bank), then CHARLIE MINGUS 1968 with Chicago Film Archives (8:30pm, The Muffler Shop). https://rebuild-foundation.org/event/handsworth-songs-with-ian-sergeant/ https://rebuild-foundation.org/event/movies-under-the-stars-charlie-mingus-1968/

Screening of Handsworth Songs (John Akomfrah, UK, 1986) with visiting curator Ian Sergeant. “I was a budding filmmaker and a founding member of Black Pyramid Film & Video Project, in Bris…

Huge thanks to Coquie Hughes and all the fans, old and new, who came out to celebrate this Chicago filmmaking phenomenon...
07/24/2017

Huge thanks to Coquie Hughes and all the fans, old and new, who came out to celebrate this Chicago filmmaking phenomenon! Friday, 7/21. Photos by Melvin Adams.

Join Black Cinema House this Thursday for two screenings (6pm, 8pm) of the work of Frances Bodomo, presented by Saint He...
07/12/2017
RSVP here for Saint Heron's film presentation with Frances Bodomo at Black Cinema House.

Join Black Cinema House this Thursday for two screenings (6pm, 8pm) of the work of Frances Bodomo, presented by Saint Heron with Black Radical Imagination. Free with RSVP.

Buy tickets for SAINT HERON AT PITCHFORK FESTIVAL: FILM SCREENING & "RBST" WITH FRANCES BODOMO at LOCATION SENT WITH CONFIRMATION, Thu 13 July 2017 - SAINT HERONATPITCHFORK FESTIVAL AN MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXPERIENCE THROUGH MUSIC, POETRY, FILM, AND ART INSTALLATIONFILM SCREENING & "ROLL BACK, SAY…

What a beautiful night for movies under the stars! Thanks to all who came out on Friday, and to our partners at Chicago ...
07/03/2017

What a beautiful night for movies under the stars! Thanks to all who came out on Friday, and to our partners at Chicago Film Archives. We'll be back at the Muffler Shop in a few weeks - stay tuned for details.

Thanks to all who came out to join CFA and Black Cinema House for Movies Under The Stars! The films were gorgeous, the venue was perfect, the audience was lovely. Stay tuned for info about July's screening!

Tonight, rain or shine! (Rain plan: we'll move right into the Muffler Shop.)
06/30/2017
Movies Under the Stars: 1968 – Gordon Parks – Chicago Film Archives

Tonight, rain or shine! (Rain plan: we'll move right into the Muffler Shop.)

Black Cinema House and Chicago Film Archives present the fourth annual series of outdoor summer screenings, “Movies Under the Stars,” at the Muffler Shop. Grab a lawn chair and join us at the corner of 55th and King for a night of illuminating films that begin as the sun goes down.

"Raising Bertie deserves a place beside the great achievements in longitudinal film, from Michael Apted's UP series to R...
06/15/2017
The Moving World - Movie Reviews - RAISING BERTIE

"Raising Bertie deserves a place beside the great achievements in longitudinal film, from Michael Apted's UP series to Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD to Steve James's HOOP DREAMS... it's an organization of time, a mosaic made with grace and artistry." Filmmakers present! Tomorrow 6/16, 7pm, Studio Movie Grill (210 87th St)

Margaret Byrne's empathetic, thought-provoking RAISING BERTIE begins with a rushing road. A tee...

Tonight! Post-film conversations with filmmakers Ester Alegria, Derrick Woods-Morrow, Rashayla Marie Brown, and Suné Wo...
06/09/2017

Tonight! Post-film conversations with filmmakers Ester Alegria, Derrick Woods-Morrow, Rashayla Marie Brown, and Suné Woods, plus curators Anna Martine Whitehead, Aymar Jean Christian and Sadie Woods. 7pm at Arts + Public Life (301 E Garfield)

"In the darkness of the theater, [BCH curator Jacqueline Stewart] notes, the protagonists of both Maud Martha and Native...
06/08/2017
Film forum | The University of Chicago Magazine

"In the darkness of the theater, [BCH curator Jacqueline Stewart] notes, the protagonists of both Maud Martha and Native Son have license to imagine other lives and experiences. How we experience films and what happens when we watch them is, she agrees, a foundational question, and one she hopes they’ll continue to ponder. 'How do films speak to people, or what do people find in them?'"

Stewart’s class looks at changes in how Chicagoans experienced the movies. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, habs ill,16-chig,109--16)

06/06/2017
We Real Cool

Beautiful new video adaptation of Gwendolyn Brooks's classic poem "We Real Cool." Puppetry and filming by Manual Cinema, story by Eve Ewing and Nate Marshall, original music by Jamila A. Woods and Ayanna Woods, brought to you by the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine. Enjoy!!

Using simple, illuminative paper-cut puppetry, this enchanting video imagines the moment of witness that inspired Gwendolyn Brooks to write her landmark poem...

06/03/2017
In The Morning

In case you missed it, director/writer/producer Nefertite Nguvu was LIVE at Black Cinema House last night with a post-film Q&A about her award-winning feature film, In the Morning.

IN THE MORNING Screening at Rebuild Foundation's Black Cinema House in residence at Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago

On view daily at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 12-7pm: “From the perspective of cinema history — and American history,...
05/30/2017
Pioneers of African-American Cinema

On view daily at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 12-7pm: “From the perspective of cinema history — and American history, for that matter — there has never been a more significant [collection of films] than Pioneers of African-American Cinema. This was the first alternative American cinema, the precursor to today’s independent films.”

Black Cinema House presents selected films from the Pioneers of African-American Cinema collection in the Glass Lantern Slides Room. Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of t…

Stop by this Pop-up Exhibition, curated in conjunction with tomorrow's screening, featuring selections from the Johnson ...
05/26/2017

Stop by this Pop-up Exhibition, curated in conjunction with tomorrow's screening, featuring selections from the Johnson Publishing Company Library and the Edward J. Williams Collection at the Stony Island Arts Bank, that pull focus on the art of an old hustle, shoe-shining. Within these articles and objects lay potent contrasts (and thus, examinations) of race, class, agency and representation.

Ebony, August 1974, p. 116 – “The Working Child”
Ebony, February 1976, p. 144 – Advertisement for The United Negro College Fund
Ebony, August 1957, p. 60 – “Shoeshine Boys”
Muhammad Ali’s Champion Brand Neutral shoe polish
Mason’s Original Challenge Blacking
Dremel Dual Buffer Shoe Polisher, personally owned by John Johnson of Johnson Publishing

Dancers from the 1930s-1960s get down to House music, as clips from Chicago Film Archives and South Side Home Movie Proj...
05/13/2017
House in the Afternoon: Films

Dancers from the 1930s-1960s get down to House music, as clips from Chicago Film Archives and South Side Home Movie Project play during the House In the Afternoon: Frankie Knuckles exhibition at the Stony Island Arts Bank, daily 12-7pm.

In conjunction with the Frankie Knuckles Shrine created by Theaster Gates in tribute to the legendary godfather of House, Black Cinema House presents selected excerpts of films and home movies coll…

Process, the well-received debut album from Sampha, hit stores in February. Now, the British crooner has unveiled an acc...
05/03/2017
Sampha releases short film Process, directed by Kahlil Joseph — watch

Process, the well-received debut album from Sampha, hit stores in February. Now, the British crooner has unveiled an accompanying short film of the same name. The 36-minute project was directed by Kahlil Joseph, the visionary creative known for his work on Beyoncés Lemonade film as well as music clips for Kendrick Lamar, FKA twigs, and Arcade Fire.
https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/03/sampha-releases-short-film-process-directed-by-kahlil-joseph-watch/

A 36-minute visual accompaniment to the crooner’s album of the same name.

This Wednesday, 6:30pm at the Arts Bank! Ava DuVernay's THIS IS THE LIFE + conversation with Tayyib Smith, co-founder of...
04/24/2017

This Wednesday, 6:30pm at the Arts Bank! Ava DuVernay's THIS IS THE LIFE + conversation with Tayyib Smith, co-founder of Philadelphia’s Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship, and Briahna Gatlin, board member of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, CEO and Founder of Swank Publishing, and urban journalist on the cutting edge of Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B.

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